The COEMIG program recognises hospitals and surgeons around the world providing exceptional minimal invasive gynaecology surgical care through “keyhole” surgery. Leading this accreditation are the founders of WA GynaeScope, Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgeons, Santanu Baruah and Gian Urbani. WA GynaeScope is a gynaecological practice specialising in minimally invasive gynaecological surgery. It is based at Joondalup Private Hospital where it performs most of its procedures. WA GynaeScope Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Dr Santanu Baruah said that earning the centre of excellence designation established WA GynaeScope and Joondalup Private Hospital’s ability to consistently deliver the safest and highest quality care. “The COEMIG program fosters quality improvement in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and participation has led our team to exceed clinical benchmarks and guidelines,” Dr Baruah said. “But most importantly our commitment to excellence improves the health and well-being of our patients.” The benefits of becoming an accredited COEMIG include: • a focus on improving safety and quality of care, and lowering overall patient costs; • information sharing about new techniques, technology and procedures between surgeons to ensure best practice; • global identification as a place of excellence, which will help women choose where to have their procedure as well as referring doctors. 8 The Ramsay Way 2015 | 03 Among the many qualifications considered by independent US based assessors were: experience of the surgical staff, the status of the hospital’s technology and equipment, adherence to established clinical pathways for perioperative care, the availability and competency of the support staff and surgical team members and education for staff and patients. Manager of Accreditation and Education, and the Senior Site Inspector at the US based Surgical Review Corporation, Teresa Leath, said doctors Santanu Baruah and Gian Urbani, and their team at Joondalup Private Hospital, proved to be “knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to providing excellent care to their minimally invasive gynaecologic surgery patients”. “A culture of excellence was evident in all levels of the program and their achievement as the first Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Australia is well deserved,” Ms Leath said. ■ Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology The COEMIG program recognises hospitals and surgeons around the world providing exceptional minimally invasive gynaecology surgical care through “keyhole” surgery. Joondalup Private Hospital is one of only 170 hospitals in the world to achieve acknowledgment by the international authority in this type of surgical care, Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynaecology Worldwide (or AAGL). Founders of WA GynaeScope, Gynaecological Laparoscopic Surgeons, Santanu Baruah and Gian Urbani Former Home and Away actress Tessa James with the John Flynn team HOSPITALS J O O N D A L U P Australia's first 'Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology' Joondalup Private Hospital and WA GynaeScope have become Australia’s first designated ‘Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology’ (COEMIG). J O H N F LY N N John Flynn opens specialist consulting suites in Ballina The John Flynn Private Specialist Suites in Ballina were established to allow ease of access for John Flynn Specialists to provide medical care and treatment to residents of the northern NSW region. The rooms were officially opened in August with an evening open house event. Local GPs, radiologists, physiotherapists and other medical practitioners were invited to come along and meet key John Flynn staff and specialists and take a tour of this fantastic new facility. The new consulting suites include three sessional rooms, treatment room and an inviting and comfortable reception lounge area. Currently consulting out of the new rooms are specialists in orthopaedics, general surgery, gynaecology and oncology, with cardiology, ophthalmology, ENT and respiratory to follow in the coming months. The feedback received from the local General Practitioners has been extremely positive with many referrals being received for the John Flynn consultants. J O H N F LY N N Courageous battle with Hodgkins’s Lymphoma for Home and Away star Former Home and Away actress Tessa James and wife to NRL star Nate Myles, spoke of her courageous battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which she was diagnosed with in 2014. Tessa underwent a gruelling six months of chemotherapy at the John Flynn Private Hospital Day Oncology Unit and opened up about her story on Channel Seven’s program Sunday Night. Since revealing she is now in remission, Tessa took time to thank John Flynn Private Hospital and the staff of the Day Oncology Unit for their wonderful care and support during her treatment which can be seen during the exclusive TV interview. Tessa’s story was extremely moving and created great awareness about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
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